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Track(s) taken from CDH55407

Tu es Petrus a 7

composer
1569; 7vv; Liber primus motettorum, Rome
author of text
Matthew 16: 18-19

Westminster Cathedral Choir, James O'Donnell (conductor)
Recording details: February 1999
Westminster Cathedral, London, United Kingdom
Produced by Mark Brown
Engineered by Antony Howell & Julian Millard
Release date: August 1999
Total duration: 3 minutes 52 seconds

Cover artwork: St John the Evangelist (from the St Thomas altarpiece) by Pedro Burruguete (c1450-1504)
Convent of St Thomas, Avila / Bridgeman Art Library, London
 
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Tu es Petrus a 7  [3'52]

Reviews

'For sheer beauty of sound this recording is unsurpassed' (Gramophone)

'Missa Ecce ego Johannes bristles with enough energy to power the National Grid and the breathtaking authority, drive and power few other groups can emulate brings them thrillingly close to religious ecstasy' (Choir & Organ)

'Joyous performances' (BBC Music Magazine)

'Even among the Westminster Cathedral Choir's superb records this disc stands out. Perfect chording and ensemble, natural and musical phrasing, spot-on intonation and a glorious tonal blend, make this issue one to treasure' (The Penguin Guide to Compact Discs)

'Under James O'Donnell, Westminster Cathedral Choir has developed into what many regard as the nation's finest church choir. This release justifies that reputation. Palestrina's music emerges as more than the stuff of academic legend. There's a vibrancy in the opening Laudate pueri, while Peccantem me quotidie and Tribulationes civitatum both touch deep emotions, and the Mass Ecce ego Johannes radiates noble majesty. We are reminded that Palestrina was a highly individual composer, and every bit as Italian as, say, Monteverdi' (The Sunday Times)

'The listener can rejoice in the sumptuousness of the Westminster Cathedral sound with none of the anxiety over niggling imperfections that one suffers when hearing almost any other ensemble. The combination of accuracy with mastery of style is unrivalled' (Gramophone Early Music)

'Yet another superb disc from Westminster Cathedral … many consider not only the finest cathedral choir in Britain, but one of the best in the world. The sound is quite glorious' (Goldberg)

'This work could not be better sung than, as here, by the choir of Westminster Cathedral' (Contemporary Review)
The seven-voice Tu es Petrus, from the 1569 Liber primus motettorum, and less familiar than the later six-voice setting, is a joyous celebration of confident faith in the church of Peter. Its seamless polyphonic flow, though not its harmonic language, suggests composers such as Morales and, especially, Gombert.

from notes by Ivan Moody © 1999

Tu es Petrus, à sept voix (extrait du Liber primus motettorum de 1569)—moins familier que le Tu es Petrus ultérieur, à six voix—est une célébration joyeuse de la foi confiante en l’église de Pierre. Son flux polyphonique homogène suggère, contrairement à son langage harmonique, des compositeurs comme Morales et, surtout, Gombert.

extrait des notes rédigées par Ivan Moody © 1999
Français: Hypérion

Das siebenstimmige Tu es Petrus aus dem Liber primus motettorum von 1569, das weniger bekannt ist als die spätere sechsstimmige Vertonung, ist eine Verherrlichung des unverbrüchlichen Glaubens an die Kirche Petri. Das nahtlose polyphone Fließen, wenn auch nicht das harmonische Idiom des Werks lassen an Komponisten wie Morales und insbesondere Gombert denken.

aus dem Begleittext von Ivan Moody © 1999
Deutsch: Anne Steeb/Bernd Müller

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